Toto Chiavetta

Good morning.

It’s Friday so we’re listening to something more upbeat. Today we’re playing Toto Chiavetta, an Italian electronic music producer and DJ. Chiavetta makes minimalist techno and house tracks. We’re starting with his 2020 album Setting of a Ceremony, which puts synth loops over four-on-the-floor drums. 2017’s Underground Mental Resurrection is a bit darker and has more of a rave sound. We hope you enjoy.

Setting of a Ceremony - Toto Chiavetta (40m, no vocals)
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Underground Mental Resurrection - Toto Chiavetta (60m, no vocals)
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Have a great weekend.

Quincy Jones

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Quincy Jones, an American bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Chicago. Jones composed iconic soundtracks and produced legendary records across the second half of the 20th century. We’re focusing on some of his earliest records with which he made a name for himself. 1962’s Big Band Bossa Nova orchestrates Brazilian standards and opens with an original piece that you may recognize from a 1997 comedy. The Quintessence, also from ‘62, shows Jones’ facility across genres. Finally we’re playing his debut LP, 1955’s Jazz Abroad, on which he collaborated with drummer Roy “Snap Crackle” Haynes.

Big Band Bossa Nova - Quincy Jones (30m, no vocals)
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The Quintessence - Quincy Jones (30m, no vocals)
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Jazz Abroad - Quincy Jones (40m, no vocals)
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Have a really nice Thursday.

Davi Music

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Davi Music, an ambient producer based in Chicago. He records atmospheric synth loops onto cassette tape, whose subtle hiss adds a layer of nostalgia to the music. We’re first playing 2020’s Sky Above Clouds. Its pieces feature only a couple synths at a time and make up a perfect focus soundtrack. We’re also playing 2019’s These Days, which includes some additional instrumentation such as guitar played in reverse.

Sky Above Clouds - Davi Music (50m, no vocals)
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These Days - Davi Music (50m, no vocals)
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Have a really nice Wednesday.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen

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Today we’re listening to A Winged Victory for the Sullen, an ambient project from two American composers. We first recommended them two Decembers ago. From that recommendation we’re re-upping their amazing 2019 album, The Undivided Five. Their latest album, Invisible Cities, came out on Friday. It’s the score for a theatrical production of Italo Calvino’s 1972 novel of the same name. Their pieces beautifully combine ambient and film score styles, often combining synth pads with dramatic strings.

Invisible Cities - A Winged Victory for the Sullen (40m, operatic vocal on track two)
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The Undivided Five - A Winged Victory for the Sullen (50m, no vocals)
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Have a really nice Tuesday.

Chuck Johnson

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Chuck Johnson, an American multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Oakland. We first recommended Johnson two Julys ago. He uses pedal steel guitar and synths to create ambient music with a country, Western vibe. His 2017 album Balsams is one of our go-tos. We’re first playing his latest album, The Cinder Grove, which came out a few weeks ago. It extends the soothing sound of Balsams by incorporating other instruments like piano and strings. It’s quintessential Flow State music.

The Cinder Grove - Chuck Johnson (40m, no vocals)
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Balsams - Chuck Johnson (40m, no vocals)
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We wish you a great start to your week (and month).

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